Articles by Cameron Chapman

Essentials

A Crash Course in Typography: Principles for Combining Typefaces

April 11th, 2011
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A Crash Course in Typography: Principles for Combining Typefaces

When combining typefaces, there are a couple of important principles you'll need to keep in mind, namely contrast and mood. Effectively combining typefaces is a skill best learned through practice, and trial-and-error. Once you've mastered the principles covered here, you'll have the tools you need to try out combinations while making...

Essentials

A Crash Course in Typography: Paragraphs and Special Characters

April 4th, 2011
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A Crash Course in Typography: Paragraphs and Special Characters

Body copy makes up the majority of many websites. Headlines and other bits of typography are often considered more fun to design, or more artistic, but without a good design for your body copy, your overall project will suffer.

Essentials

A Crash Course in Typography: The Basics of Type

March 28th, 2011
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A Crash Course in Typography: The Basics of Type

Typography could be considered the most important part of any design. It's definitely among the most important elements of any design project. And yet it's often the part of a design that's left for last, or barely considered at all. Designers are often intimidated by typography, which can result in bland...

Design

Architecture Sources of Inspiration

March 25th, 2011
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Architecture Sources of Inspiration

Architecture surrounds us everyday, and because of that we sometimes overlook it as a potential source of inspiration. But architecture and interior design can inspire us for virtually any project. There are dozens of architectural styles out there, both formal and informal, to appeal to almost every taste.

Infographics

Design Charts for Better Typography and Color

March 21st, 2011
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Design Charts for Better Typography and Color

We're designers, so it makes sense that a lot of us are visual learners and do better looking at charts and graphs than reading an article or listening to a podcast. Typography and color are two great topics that are perfectly suited for infographics, charts, and other graphical learning tools.

Design

40+ UI Design Tools and Resources

January 20th, 2011
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40+ UI Design Tools and Resources

User interface design grows and evolves on a continual basis. To stay current, you need to keep an eye on trends, new resources, and new techniques being implemented and talked about. And you also need to try things out on your own, and come up with original ideas and implementations.

Inspiration

Showcase of Energetic Film Websites

January 18th, 2011
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Showcase of Energetic Film Websites

Who doesn’t like a good movie? Virtually every movie made has a film website these days, ranging from little more than an online place to park a trailer to a fully-immersive experience. And with the varied content, themes, and visual style of movies out there, it’s no wonder that film websites are just as varied.

Infographics

50 Interesting and Useful Infographics for Web Designers

December 16th, 2010
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50 Interesting and Useful Infographics for Web Designers

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Infographics are a great way to present information in a way that's easy for most people to understand. A lot of people learn visually, and can get a better grasp on what you're trying to say if you display it graphically.

Business Online

Organizing Your Design Inspirations

December 7th, 2010
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Organizing Your Design Inspirations

Virtually every creative out there turns to designs and images created by others to get inspired now and then. Whether you use web design galleries or other sources of visual inspiration, you’ve probably had times when you’ve felt like you’re spending too much time looking for inspiration and not enough time actually using that inspiration.

Apps

Mobile Development Toolkit

November 30th, 2010
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Mobile Development Toolkit

Mobile web design has been around for quite a while. Unfortunately, a lot of mobile design guidelines are out of date and focus on low-resolution, non-touchscreen phones. Despite their popularity, there isn’t a whole lot of information out there for designing websites for the new generation of smartphones (iPhone, Android devices, BlackBerry touchscreens, etc.) — these devices are growing more and more popular in...